Form 2290 Frequently Asked Questions


We are here to help you with answers for your 2290 tax returns related questions.


 What is Form 2290?

IRS form 2290 is a Federal Excise Tax imposed on heavy vehicles by the IRS. Vehicles with an estimated weight of 55,000 pounds or more are subjected to file form 2290 and pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT). IRS HVUT is paid annually and is used for construction and maintenance of highways.

 What are the different terms used to refer Form 2290?

IRS form 2290 is also called as HVUT (Heavy Vehicle Use Tax), Highway Vehicle Tax and Truck Tax.

 Who must file 2290 tax?

If you own a truck with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, then you must file form 2290 and pay HVUT. Heavy vehicles like trucks and large vans or if you’re an LLC (Limited Liable Company), you must pay IRS form 2290. If the vehicle is used for 5000 miles (7500 miles for agricultural vehicles) or less, then you must file form 2290 but exempted from the tax.

 When is Form 2290 due?

31st August of a tax year is the last day to file form 2290. The tax period starts from 1st July of the current year and extends till 30th June of the following year. If the last day to pay HVUT is on a government holiday or federal holiday, then it can be paid on the next business day. For the vehicles that were in use from the beginning of the tax period, last day to file IRS 2290 is 31st August.

 How to e-file Form 2290?

You can e-file IRS form 2290 by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Register or login with eform2290 and enter your business details (If you have filed with us previously, your business details will already be saved with us. You can copy this to e-file IRS form 2290 easily).
  • Step 2: Select your ‘Filing type’, enter the tax period and select the option to make the payment
  • Step 3: Review the filing by clicking the View Summary button and after you’ve verified everything, click on Submit.
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 What do I do in case of rejections?

In case your form 2290 gets rejected by the IRS, you can use our experienced customer support staff to resolve any issues. You can contact us using our live chat or email us your concerns at
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 What is a Taxable Vehicle?

Any heavy vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more must file IRS form 2290 and pay the HVUT. Examples of such vehicles include trucks, buses and tractors. These are vehicles used to carry heavy load on public highways.

 How to calculate Taxable Gross Weight of a heavy vehicle ?

Taxable Gross Weight is the unloaded total weight of the vehicle. It is the weight of the truck, bus or tractor when it is empty or not loaded, but equipped for service. A fully equipped heavy vehicle includes body parts, accessories and other equipment along with it. Click here to calculate your IRS form 2290.

 How can I change the gross weight in my IRS Form 2290?

If the gross weight of the vehicle increases during the tax period and it is categorized under a new category, then you must file an amended return. The maximum load carried by truck can increase resulting in changing the taxable gross weight. In this case, you must file an amendment by the last day of the following month during which the taxable weight increased.

 Why does the DMV not accept my Schedule 1?

The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) will only accept a watermarked IRS-stamped Schedule 1 copy. So please ensure that you use a quality color printer for printing your Schedule 1 copy and cross-check for the background image.

 I purchased a used truck this year. Do I still need to file a new Form 2290?

Yes, you must file a new form 2290. Please do reach us on our live chat or email support at for any queries regarding your IRS form 2290 2019-20.

 If I purchase another truck after e-filing my 2290 for the current tax period, do I need to e-file my original 2290 again and add the new vehicle to the Schedule 1?

No. In the above situation, you need to file a new IRS form 2290 with the details of your new vehicle(s). You can e-file your new form 2290 before the last day of the month when the new vehicle was first used on the public highway.

 Can I file one Form 2290 for two trucks that were operating on the road in two consecutive months?

No, you cannot. In the above instance, you must file two form 2290 separately and receive separate Schedule 1 copy for both the vehicles. The tax amount you owe will depend on the month when the trucks started operating on the highway.

Note: The HVUT will be more for the truck that started operating first. In the consecutive tax year, you can file for both the trucks that were on the road for 12 months in one form 2290. The tax period starts from 1st July of the current year and extends till 30th June of the following year.

 What should I do if my e-filed return gets rejected by the IRS for duplication?

Please ensure that you enter the accurate VIN that is not a duplicate number from previous filings. But if any duplication does occur, you can correct this and resubmit your return. If you’re correcting the VIN that’s already listed on a previously submitted and accepted return, you will have to file a paper return (hard copy) and select the designated VIN correction box on Page 1. But if the VIN is different from what’s listed on the original return, you need to give an explanation to submit a different VIN.

 Can I use my SSN for EIN?

IRS does not allow or accept the SSN (Social Security Number). You need to have the EIN and business name when filing your IRS HVUT returns of form 2290 to the IRS.
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 How will I know that the IRS has received my return?

After the IRS accepts your return, you will receive an email notification. You will also have access to an electronic version of the stamped watermark Schedule 1 from the IRS that can be printed.

 How do I make corrections to my e-filed return?

If you want to make a correction to the gross weight or the mileage of your vehicle, you can e-file a correction. However, if you commit any other type of error, you will have to make corrections on the hard copy of form 2290 and mail it to the address shown in the form 2290 instructions.

 After the electronic submission of my Form 2290, I received an online duplicate filing error. Why did this happen?

This happened because the system detected that you had already filed a return under the same EIN, for the same tax period and the same vehicle(s) and/or in the same VIN category. We suggest you re-check your return to ensure that you are reporting the new vehicle(s) only and all the other information provided is correct.

 Can I claim a refund electronically for a vehicle that was sold, destroyed or stolen during the tax period?

Yes, you can claim a refund for the tax paid when you file IRS form 2290 in the same or subsequent tax period.

 Is there a fee to re-submit Form 2290 in case of rejection?

No, if your return has been rejected by the IRS for any reason, you may resubmit your return absolutely FREE of cost after making the necessary corrections. If your return gets rejected, you will receive an email from eform2290 with details that are incorrect and instructions on how to make those corrections.
You can also make amendments to your form 2290 or e-file VIN corrections free of cost at any time. Corrections are easy to file, just log in to your account on and start filing your amendment. If you have any questions, we are here to help you with every step. Contact our support team using our live chat or email us your concerns.

 Can I claim a refund electronically for a vehicle that was used less than 5,000 miles during the tax period?

Yes, if you have already paid tax for a vehicle that was used for less than 5,000 miles, you can claim a credit on the first form 2290 that you file for the following tax period. You can also claim a refund on Schedule 6, form 8849 or Other Claims. But a claim or credit for the refund cannot be filed until the next tax period. Lower tax, refund, credit or exemption is not allowed for a decreased load, occasional light, changed use or discontinued vehicle.

 How safe is your website?

eform 2290 is an IRS authorized e-file service provider. We’re an Electronic Return Originator or ERO that transmits tax return information directly to the IRS. Our software is tested by the IRS to ensure that every program is operating in a secure and proper way.

 Whose name should I use if I am leasing my truck to a company?

form 2290 should be filed under the name of the vehicle owner. The vehicle owner is solely responsible for filing taxes on the vehicle registered under his/her name.

 Why Employer Identification Number (EIN) is required to e-file IRS Form 2290?

IRS uses EIN to identify and protect your privacy. A combination of your EIN and name is used by the IRS as a unique ID. If your unique ID does not match the IRS records, then the filing would be rejected by the IRS.

 What are the details required to file Form 2290?

  • Business Name
  • Address Details
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

 How can I pay my 2290 taxes to the IRS?

You can pay your IRS form 2290 using these 3 options:

  • EFW (Electronic Fund Withdrawal) – You need to provide the account information and IRS will deduct the amount directly from your bank account
  • EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) – The IRS will deduct the amount from your account within 24-48 hours. The payment will be directly deducted from your bank account and will appear on your bank statement. But if the payments are done over the weekends or on federal holidays, then the fund withdrawals may be slightly delayed.
  • Credit/Debit card – You can also use your credit or debit card to pay your IRS HVUT. If you prefer to pay your taxes using this method, you will have to pay a convenience fee to the third party provider. This additional charge is the processing fee for your payment processor. Use this link to pay IRS HVUT using your debit or credit card.

 Can I add a new vehicle to my existing Form 2290?

If your Schedule 1 has already been processed and accepted by the IRS, then you cannot add a new vehicle to your existing IRS form 2290. You need to file a new IRS form 2290 with the information of your new vehicle. For any further assistance, please reach out to our customer support team at here.

 How can I receive the receipt of tax payment?

IRS does not provide any receipt of tax payment. Your bank statement would act as proof of payment to the IRS.

 What is an EFTPS?

EFTPS or Electronic Federal Tax Payment System is a free service provided by the US Department of Treasury. You can schedule your payments 24/7 using this mode of payment. You can enter your payment instructions for your business 365 days prior to the actual payment date.

You need to schedule your payment at least one day before the due date to file your taxes. The payment will be done to the treasury from your bank account on the date selected by you. This record will also be updated at the IRS.

 What is an EFW?

Electronic Funds Withdrawal or EFW is an integrated online payment option offered when you file your federal taxes using a tax professional or a tax preparation software. This payment method can be used when you submit one or more payment requests from your bank account. When you use EFW and file your IRS form 2290 online, you will not incur any additional charges. You are not required to submit a voucher since this is an electronic mode of payment

 What is Schedule 1 and how do I get Schedule 1 copy?

Schedule 1 is the proof of payment that you’ll receive after you’ve paid your HVUT to the IRS. It is a watermarked copy that you’ll receive once the IRS accepts your returns. For paper filing, Schedule 1 will take about 5-45 days and for e-filing, it is usually mailed and/or faxed to you within 15 minutes after IRS acceptance.

 What is 2290 Amendment?

The 2290 Amendment is a part of IRS form 2290, used to make changes or correct the previously filed returns. These are the scenarios wherein you can use 2290 amendment:

  • When there is a change in the taxable gross weight and an additional tax must be paid
  • When the suspended vehicles exceed the mileage use limit.

 What are the penalties for filing late returns or not filing at all?

IRS imposes penalties if you fail to pay taxes on time or fail to file your returns. There are additional penalties and an interest charge on late payments. You’re also subjected for penalties for filing false returns.

But if you could offer a valid reason to the IRS on late payment of your tax or failing to file your returns, you can be exempted from penalties. If you file your returns after the due date (including extensions), you need to attach a valid explanation along with your returns.

 Can I pay 2290 tax using credit or debit card?

IRS has started accepting 2290 tax payment via debit and credit card from the 1st July 2019. After you have filled in your information and submitted IRS form 2290 online, you can choose to pay either through the debit or credit card. When you file IRS form 2290 online, you have to pay a processing fee to the third party provider.